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When the cover artist nails it

When you get a knock out cover for your novel, great happiness ensues. OK, so we writers are a superficial lot. But after working for a year or longer on a novel and investing your heart and hopes in it, the day your editor sends you the cover, your finger hovers over the keyboard. Um. To open email or wait for supportive spouse to come home?

Of course you’re not going to wait. And ta DA! It’s fabulous. Not only beautiful, but just exactly, maximumiceperfectly right. The artist nailed it. Celebration ensues, with giddy pleasure all out of proportion, kind of like sitting in front of your very own generous wedge of cherry pie. (Well, maybe not That good.)

I have had this experience five times over my career of 13 books. In deference to the cover artists who tried to nail it, I won’t mention which books they were–except for the one shown here,  my PK Dick nominated novel, Maximum Ice.  Cover artist Matt Forsyth captured so much about this story:

  • The wonder of a crystalized world.
  • The mystery of an ancient habitation abandoned and rediscovered.
  • Zoya, my major character, in communion with an unknowable place.
  • The ambiguity of Ice, both natural and designed.

Well, I told you I was giddy when I saw it.

Maximum Ice is one of 11 PK Dick-nominees and winners available for the next nine days. (Ends October 14.) Pay what you want for this extraordinary group of books!  At StoryBundle.

Includes novels by Walter Jon Williams, Liz Hand, K.W. Jeter, William Barton, Sarah Zettel, Lewis Shiner, Kathe Koja, Gwenyth Jones, and Lisa Mason.

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Prices slashed for PK Dick award novels

Ends October 14. . .

This collection of 11 Philip K. Dick Award winners and finalists from StoryBundle. Receive 6 books for any price, but if you choose to pay $15 for six novels, you receive five more books.

All Covers LargeMy novel Maximum Ice is one of the books offered: Zoya Kundara has lived on the space vessel Star Road for 250 years. As Ship Mother, she is awakened from Deep Sleep in times of crisis. Now the ship has returned home, only to discover an Earth blanketed in a pearl-white mantle called Ice–a grand and mysterious ecology of information-bearing crystals. Welcome home.

This offering was curated by Lisa Mason with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust.


Tropic of Creation at $.99

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Special offer for one week only – Starts today

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“Kenyon’s vision of a unique universe ranks with those of such science fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card.” —  Publishers Weekly, starred review.

It’s the aftermath of a galactic war with the alien Ahtra. Army Captain Eli Dammand, with his ship and crew, is stranded on remote planet–one that is about to undergo a radical seasonal change. It will give birth to  monstrous, rapacious creatures. There are few refuges from the rampaging alternate season. One is in the secret Ahtran habitat. It’s a dread place for a human, as Eli will learn.

The other is in the nests of the monsters themselves. Eli’s 14 year-old passenger Sascha is mistaken for an alien infant. And she’s going to use that misconception to survive.

In ebook. Order here.

This offer ends on Friday, August 21st at midnight.

Reading quandary for Sasquan

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See you in Spokane next month!

My reading on Friday: Should I read from Queen of the Deep or my work in progress? Vote in comments, and I’ll throw your name in a hat for a free short story.

My con schedule:


3:00 – Autographing. Grab your copy of Queen of the Deep and A Thousand Perfect Things!

5:00 – World building panel – Bays 111B (CC)


1:00-1:30 – Reading – 303B (CC)

4:00-5:00 – Publishing 101 Round Robin (I’m holding down the how to promote table) Grand Ballroom, Salon III, (Doubletree)


Writers Workshop until 1:00.


12:00-12:45 – Kaffee Klatche – 202B-KK4 (CC) Read More…

Queen of the Deep now $3.99

My latest fantasy novel, now at $3.99 in ebook.

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Queen of the Deep

Aspiring actress Jane Gray opens a forbidden door:

This is the world of the Palazzo, a magical ship which is both a colossal steam vessel and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens–both human and otherwise–is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane must find her way home, but the path is hopelessly lost. Read More…